Before the Euro

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Wizank, Feb 27, 2024.

  1. Wizank

    Wizank Well-Known Member

    My son, while travelling, found this nifty collection of pre-Euro coins. He bought it for me, isn't that thoughtful? I love it! Eurozone 1.jpeg Eurozone 2.jpeg Eurozone 3.jpeg
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  3. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Do you know, are those still legal tender in the EU?
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  4. Wizank

    Wizank Well-Known Member

    I suspect they have all been demonetized.
  5. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    The Countries that elected to have the Euro had 2 years to demonetise their currency. For example, Germany signed up for the Euro in 1999, their original currency was demonetised on 31st December 2001
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  6. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    What about the non-EU European countries and their coins, are those treated like foreign coins?
  7. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Not all European (EU) countries are in the Eurozone, some elected to be EU members but not to be part of the monetry changeover. Their monetry status is the same as it always was, alongside non EU members, with exchange rates for their particular currencies.
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  8. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Then yes, right? They're treated like foreign coins in the EU.
  9. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    I have a collection of PESETAS from ESPAÑA

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  10. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    I'm going to be @expat has one or two of those too. :)
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  11. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    They are treated as foreign outside of the Euro monetary membership.
    I have a lot. Plus various denominations going back to the middle ages. The oldest I have is 13th century
    JAIME I. (1213-1276 AD). Crown of Aragon.
    Obverse: ARAGON., bust of King Jaime, crowned and draped, left.
    Reverse: IACOBVS REX., cross of Caravaca, (Patriarchal Cross).
    1 Denier (1/240th Libra), Billon.
    1.09g. 18mm. Jaca mint, (1085-1340), Spain. CRU # 318.

    Apologies for going off subject @Wizank
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  12. Maxfli

    Maxfli Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I understand the purpose of the Euro, but from a collector’s point of view it’s a shame that most of those countries no longer produce their own unique currencies. I kinda like the 2 Euro commemoratives and have brought home several from the EU countries I’ve visited, but the rest of the Euro coinage is rather ho-hum.

    By the way, seven EU countries chose (for now anyway) to not adopt the Euro: Bulgaria, Czech Republic (or Czechia), Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Here’s one of my favorite contemporary non-Euro EU coins:

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  13. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    It depends on the country as to which coins can still be exchanged for euros. Germany, Austria, and Ireland are the ones out of your set which are still exchangeable, although all are worth more as collectibles than as face value at this point.
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